DUBAI—British-Iranian assist employee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was tried on a brand new cost of constructing “propaganda towards the system” at Iran’s Revolutionary court docket on Sunday, her lawyer mentioned, one week after she accomplished a five-year jail sentence.
British overseas minister Dominic Raab mentioned the second trial was “unacceptable” and known as on Iran to let Zaghari-Ratcliffe return to Britain. He mentioned Iran had subjected her to a “merciless and disgraceful ordeal”.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a mission supervisor with the Thomson Reuters Basis, was arrested in April 2016 and later convicted of plotting to overthrow the clerical institution.
Her household and the inspiration, a charity that operates independently of media agency Thomson Reuters and its information subsidiary Reuters, deny the cost.
The propaganda cost pertains to her alleged participation in a rally in entrance of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009 and giving interview to the BBC Persian TV channel on the identical time, in accordance with her lawyer Hojjat Kermani.
After the trial on Sunday, Kermani mentioned he anticipated the decision throughout the subsequent week.
“Zaghari-Ratcliffe was positive and calm on the court docket session,” he mentioned. “I’m very hopeful that she shall be acquitted.”
The Iranian Judiciary was not instantly out there to remark.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who served out most of her five-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin jail, was launched final March through the coronavirus pandemic and stored beneath home arrest.
Final Sunday Iran launched Zaghari-Ratcliffe from home arrest, eradicating her ankle tag, however instantly summoned her to court docket once more on the opposite cost.
Her husband Richard, who has arrange the “Free Nazanin” marketing campaign group and lobbied the British authorities to safe his spouse’s launch, mentioned in a press release that “at current, Nazanin’s future stays unsure, and her detention successfully open ended”.
The inspiration was not instantly out there for touch upon Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s trial.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a name with Iranian Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday, mentioned Zaghari-Ratcliffe should be allowed to return residence to her household.
Iranian media reported that through the name, Rouhani raised the difficulty of a historic debt of 400 million kilos ($557 million) which Tehran says Britain owes the Islamic Republic in capital and curiosity for a Seventies arms take care of the then-Shah of Iran.